After the Kiss and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.99
  • Save: $1.70 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book has already been loved by someone else. It MIGHT have some wear and tear on the edges, have some markings in it, or be an ex-library book. Over-all itâ?TMs still a good book at a great price! (if it is supposed to contain a CD or access code, that may be missing)
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

After the Kiss Hardcover – May 4, 2010


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$15.29
$1.21 $0.01


Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442402113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442402119
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—Midway through senior year, Camille moves to Atlanta (her family's sixth move). She plans to simply go through the motions until she can escape to Europe after graduation. Meanwhile, at another school in town, Becca is jolted from the dreamlike state of her relationship with Alec when she gets in a fender bender and must find an after-school job to pay back her debt. The girls' lives collide when Camille meets Alec at a party, and, unaware that he is "taken," allows the haiku-spouting-but-athletic catcher to kiss her. At first blush, such a story line has the potential to play up every teen "mean girls" stereotype, yet McVoy elevates the narrative well above any predictable cat fight. Camille tells her side in stream-of-consciousness entries, while Becca speaks in free verse. The girls have distinct, believable voices, and the way in which they slowly become aware of one another rather than facing a direct confrontation shows that given different circumstances they might have been kindred spirits. Literary references and odes to famous poets pepper the pages. These are unobtrusive so that discerning readers will revel in their inclusion while others will skip over them but still enjoy the drama of the story. The result is a poignant tale of two girls on the brink of adulthood faced with real decisions about their future, who they want to be, and what role boys will play in their decisions.—Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review

"The girls have distinct, believable voices [in After the Kiss]. A poignant tale of two girls on the brink of adulthood faced with real decisions about their future, who they want to be, and what role boys will play in their decisions." --School Library Journal

* "The poetry is richly allusive, with particular entries smartly and self-consciously modeled on poems by Pablo Neruda, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Wallace Stevens among others, and the imagery is often startling with an originality that exhales into a perfect aptness for the experience. This is more than simply a language-lover’s edition of traditional chick-lit fare, however; the back-and-forth interplay of perspectives calibrates the delicate edge between the poignant yearning for intimacy and the psychic need for separation, as Becca grows beyond a need to hold on to a love truly lost, and Camille lets go of the fear that’s driving her away from a love that might have a chance." --The Bulletin, starred review

"Vivid." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A love of language, literature, and the city of Atlanta, where [McVoy] lives, pervades her sophomore novel, a thoughtfully wrought coming-of-age story....McVoy's prose is confident and adventurous....A fresh, observant story."
--Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

I have been reading and writing, basically, ever since I learned how to, and everything I've done has pretty much been connected to those two things. I received my BA in English at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, and my MA in Creative Writing from Florida State University. I have worked as an event coordinator at a major chain bookstore; as a freelance writer; a composition instructor; an editorial assistant at an NYC publisher; as manager of an independent children's bookstore, in Decatur, GA, Little Shop of Stories; and as Program Director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival. When not writing or reading I really enjoy cooking and paper crafts. I live in Clarkston, GA with my husband, Scott.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this novel to any who are looking for a quick read, and stories involving romance.
mamelotti
This was a quick read and definitely one that will make you think a bit, I'd recommend you check it out, even though it's not one I'd re-read.
Brittany Moore
It is also a smart, smart book written in verse that is filled with emotion, humor, and even nods to other famous poets.
Miss Print

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. VINE VOICE on July 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
At first i just didn't think i could read this book. How could there possibly be any plot, any character development or growth, any connection with the reader when the story is written in such a strange format? Alternating between two perspectives and also between free-verse prose and poetry? How could anyone call this a NOVEL? My rule of thumb is i never give up on a book before 100 pages, so i stuck it out. I am SO, SO pleased that i did. I never before read a story that unfolds so beautifully, allows you to peer into the soul of the characters so fully, and is written so intelligently. This novel is a work of art. The quality of the poetry will astound you and the amount of story telling that actually comes across will really surprise you. For a unique and moving literary experience you MUST read this book. Be patient, i promise, it will pay off.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on May 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Becca is just another high school senior, counting down the days to graduation and college and passing her time with her boyfriend Alec, the one guy that truly gets her. Camille has been dragged across the country and back again multiple times thanks to her father's job, and she's miserable in her new Atlanta home. Thoughts of her old home in Chicago--and the boy she left behind--won't stop haunting her. Camille doesn't know Becca, but she gets to know Alec...and when they share a kiss that Becca's best friend witnesses, neither Becca nor Camille will ever be the same again.

Terra Elan McVoy's striking second novel examines the power of one kiss and its many ramifications. After the Kiss alternates between the points of view of the two characters: Becca's perspective is told in many lovely, inventive, and diverse poems that are fun to read and showcase McVoy's talent nicely, while Camille's portions of the story are more emotionally grabbing. They are in second person, and she lacks capital letters. This style is unusual, but it embodies Camille's confusion and her detachment as a coping mechanism perfectly.

Though the girls have very few physical encounters throughout the book, their stories flow together seamlessly. Becca's new job, which forces her apart from Alec, helps her mature and the experiences she faces help her to obtain the confidence she needs to talk openly with her mother and plan for her future. In a world where everything is interchangeable--homes, schools, friends--Camille wanders around without any sort of purpose, but she finally learns to open up to others and slowly comes to the realization that goodbye for now doesn't necessarily mean goodbye forever.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Howell on July 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I had a hard time getting into this book at first. Each chapter is told from a different viewpoint--Becca and Camille's. Camille tells her story in what I guess is a journal form. There is no capitalization and not to much punctuation--there were a lot of run on sentences and it took quite a while for me to really be able to read it easily. Becca's story is in verse and I think was written beautifully.

While Camille didn't know that she did anything wrong by kissing Alec, I was definitely pro-Becca. Camille seemed just too moody and brooding for me. But with Becca, I could really feel how much she loved Alec and the beginning and then her heartbreak in the middle and her growth at the end. Her story was just beautiful. And Alec--blah. While I feel he might really have been sorry at the end, I still feel like he was such a jerk to both girls. I have no tolerance for guys like that.

But overall, once I got over trying to understand how the story was written, I was totally engrossed in the story and really enjoyed it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm VINE VOICE on May 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
After The Kiss was a delightful story written in a charming poetic verse. At first, I was feeling perplexed since I'm not used to reading this type of style. However, the fluidity of Becca and Camille's point of views were easy to follow. Once I got into the rhythm, I started enjoying the plot and relatable characters. Becca, was an engrossing individual. I didn't really understand her complexity until she started working at the coffee shop. Camille, was a cautious yet respectable and level-headed young lady. I gravitated towards her attitude even though drama fell into her lap.

Alec, Becca's boyfriend, was a jerk. After Becca started working and establishing responsibilities, her time became limited. A supportive boyfriend would remain by her side. But, Alec was nothing but a weak minded man. His mistake of kissing the new girl Camille, cost Becca her heart. I felt every emotion Becca went through since I know what it feels like to be cheated on. I started seeing how fragile and depended she was on Alec. But, I admired her courage and restraint for dealing with the heartbreak. Both characters grew throughout the book and I was glad to see an enlightening ending. Overall, a great way to start loving poetic versed novels, I am excited to also pick up Pure and every other future release by Terra!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By flamingo1325 VINE VOICE on June 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully weaved take on a love triangle type situation, pitched through alternating points of view that are connected in an invisible way. Though it took me a little to really get into the novel, it was well worth it. Camille and Becca have separate lyrical styles, one more prose than the other but it certainly helps paint their overall unique perspectives.

The pacing, first and foremost, is unique and endearing. Some events that are classically elaborated on in most books are instead surpassed here, letting the reader know what happened without going into detail. Things rush unexpectedly before slowing again, helping to create the overall feeling of being overwhelemed with events and unsure how to respond. This particular facet did not come across as choppy, instead drawing the reader in more and forcing attention to keep up with the sometimes rapidly occuring events.

Despite the two points of view, there is little retelling and choppy overlap and changes. These are two separate stories, twined together because of Alec without either girl knowing the other before his actions. Even after said kiss, the two girls remain strangers, showing the mayhem on each side and pitching each in a vulnerable, victim type light without one girl being particularly in the wrong over the other, at least within each perspective.

Though this book is in lyrical form, each girls' personality comes out strongly, creating the overall picture of who they've become over the years, their home life, and their habits and drives. McVoy does a phenomenal job keeping them separate yet together, allowing the kiss to take place early in the book and showing in sometimes great and other times vague detail the aftermath.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?